Every year Writer’s Digest comes out with their “101 Best Websites for Writers” and I LOVE flipping through the pages of those issues then surfing the web for the latest sites and resources. There’s just so much fantastic stuff out there for writers! There’s the traditional stuff like critique or discussion forums and “everything agents,” job listings and writers’ conferences. But then there’s the non-traditional, inspirational, stuff, like the creativity portal which offers a slew of brain teasers and visual prompts to spark the imagination, or coffitivity.com, a site that provides the background noise you would hear in a coffee shop–you know, in case you can’t get to an actual coffee shop to do your work!
My point is that Writer’s Digest has the same idea that I do. We recognize that writers need all kinds of resources. Yes, we need to talk about writing, but we also need inspiration that will motivate us to write! That’s what Mayhem Mondays are all about! I’m trying to get us motivated to do the work that we were meant to do! That’s also why I’m glad to have Tanzy back again to inspire us to keep pushing–whether it’s pencils or power squats!
GOD IS IN THE GYM
In my experience, I’ve found that physical activity has the ability to mimic many of my personal spiritual experiences. My intangible journey of faith suddenly takes on shape, form and weight, when I’m in the gym.
The heaviness of the bars I press, remind me of the heaviness I feel at times when raising my arms to praise God. Struggling against the burden of complacency to honor Him through worship.
Running miles, up and down hills on the treadmill as my heart aches in my chest. Step after step in agonizing fatigue, mirroring the deliverance I’ve been desperately pursuing. Pleading for the finish line to come into view.
The rope I grasp to pull my body vertically against gravity, is not unfamiliar to the ditch of depression I’ve tried to pull myself out of, time and time again. Muscles of hope burning as I grip tighter and pray harder that I can make it out this time.
The delicate yoga poses I hold are identical to the moments that I am expected to be still, and know that HE IS GOD. Breathing deep and slow, as I patiently wait for God to instruct me to change position. But until then I am forced to make still my anxious thoughts and trust in my creator.
For me, physical movement is capable of materializing my walk with Christ. God is indeed present with me in the gym.
Speaking to me on the bike trail.
Whispering to me with each lap in the pool.
Lifting with me rep after rep.
He helps me as I battle against the voice that says, “You can’t do this”. The spirit reminds me, “I can do all things”. In my world, he resides not only in the church, but also in the gym and Exercise is my reasonable act of worship. It’s my way of giving God praise for the gift of my body. It’s His way of teaching me that I can overcome any challenge he calls me to face.
Physical fitness is the language God uses to save my soul. A strong body is simply a side effect.
Founder of REVAMP FITNESS
Tanzy Chandler joins us on the first Monday of every month. Check out her article “Demote the Scale” and her YouTube channel! Also, for more Mayhem Monday Madness, check back every Monday and throughout the week for writing and word play. Also, check out my recipes (I have a new kale salad that’s yum!) and energizers, ’cause you can’t write–or exercise–on an empty stomach!